Open-source software is a type of computer software where the source code is freely available so anyone can inspect, modify and enhance it. It is normally created in a open and transparent way by a community of developers from around the world.
Source code is the design and building blocks for a computer program. For open-source software it is always freely available.
Open-source software is used by companies of all sizes ranging from sole-traders up to some of the biggest international businesses.
Why we support it
Flexibility, transparency, collaboration, and value for money. These allow us to work more effectively and we can pass these benefits on to you.
Open-source software is used in all sorts of places, from cookers, DVD players, and mobile phones to businesses and the top 500 super computers.
Here are a few widely used open-source projects you might have heard of:
powered by the Android Open Source Project this is the operating system that runs on the majority of non-Apple mobile phones.
an open-source web browser that is the basis for both Google's Chrome and Microsoft's most recent Edge web browsers.
the free and open-source web browser developed by Mozilla.
the kernel that is used by some open-source computer operating system distributions.
one of the most widely used web servers, used by some of the busiest websites on the internet.
Apple's web browser is powered by the Webkit open-source browser engine.